Brand names - Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn
Medication type - NSAID
Common side effects - Nausea, vomiting,
heartburn, diarrhoea, constipation, headache, dizziness, sleepiness.
Rare side effects - Ulcers or sores
in mouth, depression, rashes or blistering of skin, ringing sound
in the ears, unusual tingling or numbness of the hands or feet,
seizures, blurred vision. Also elevated potassium levels, decreased
blood counts; such problems can be detected by your doctor.
Serious side effects - Shortness of
breath or wheezing, with or without swelling of legs or other signs
of heart failure; chest pain; peptic ulcer disease with vomiting
of blood; black, tarry stools; decreasing kidney function. Call
your doctor immediately
Dosage - Adults: 440 to 1,500 mg daily.
Maximum dose is 1,500 mg a day, taken in 2 to 3 evenly divided doses.
Uses - To relieve minor pain or inflammation.
Other notes - Take with food; maintain
your usual food and fluid intake. Prolonged use can cause gastrointestinal
problems, including ulceration and bleeding, kidney dysfunction,
and liver inflammation. Consult your doctor about the need for medical
examinations and lab studies. Avoid alcohol when taking this drug;
the combination of naproxen and alcohol can be highly toxic to the
liver. Avoid or discontinue this drug if you are pregnant or plan
to become pregnant. Naproxen passes into breast milk; avoid or discontinue
use while nursing. Because NSAIDs can interfere with blood coagulation,
this drug should be stopped at least 3 days prior to any surgery.
Do not take this drug with aspirin or any other NSAIDs without your